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Published: Friday, April 19 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hamath
Omaha, NE

What you teach should be decided by the people who hire graduates (What do engineers need to know? What do business owners need to know? What does a computer animator need to know?) Teachers don't know these things well. They, like all of us, don't know exactly what skills these jobs entail. Especially in today's changing world. Teachers need others (the people who employ their students) to tell them what matters now. Parents can do this to an extent, but not to the same extent that the people who hire the graduates can. Standards attempt to do this by collecting and summarizing everyone's viewpoints.
Anyway, only the most obtuse teachers let their hands get tied by standards. Standards are used by the vast majority of the teachers as benchmark, guidepost, etc. How they get to them is totally up to the teacher. This is the essence of teaching. How to teach is so much more important for a teacher to think about and to use their creative juices. Point them in the right direction and let them use their expertise to help students get there.

Harvey1950
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The writer clearly does not understand the Common Core. Utah WILL have standards and test to those standards. Why should those standards not be similar to those of other states? It only makes sense that the US should have some type of minimum standard. Every other country in the world has already figured this out. States save money by sharing the cost of developing standards rather than developing their own. States can also adjust the standards to meet thier own needs. The standards do not specify any particular curriculum...They are no more and no less than a minimum standard of competence for each grade level.
Those seeking a "government conspiracy" will find it.

WestGranger
West Valley City, Utah

Common Core was never drafted with full scrutiny from the public. The states had a mere two months to commit to the plan during summer months in which state legislators were out of session.The federal government is encouraging states to adopt Common Core. States that adopt common core can receive waivers of the most demanding provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act.
Students are given "informational texts" instead of learning classic literature. Many distinguished educators feel that Common Core renders teachers and parents powerless to bureaucrats in Washington. Unfortunately it was an example of another power move by the feds where important changes are made with little or no debate. Are we expected to stand by like sheep if something is politically correct? The fascist-like intolerance and demonization of those who do not follow along with politically correct ideas has gotten way out of hand.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Actually, students are being given "informational texts" in addition to classic literature. Many business owners lament the fact that new hires do not have the skills to comprehend large amounts of information.

States, school districts, even individual teachers will still be able to assign To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby.

Toward
North Ogden, UT

Harvey,
Unfortunately you are mistaken. Common Core has become the defacto curriculum because that was the goal of the two big forces behind the push to Common Core. Pearson publishing and Bill Gates are on record many times talking about how we will know the experiment is a success when the curriculum and tests align with the standards. The tests will align with the standards by the 2014-15 school year. The curriculum is already aligning with the standards, because the teachers are beginning to just teach to the test since that is the way the teachers will be evaluated.
Every other country in the world is not as diverse as ours. That diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

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